Archives for November, 2008

The Political Gender Gap

A new study published by Chiao et al. in the journal PLoS ONE explores the gendered nature of American voting behavior. Subjects were asked to rank politicians — based only on photographs of each politician’s face — along different quality scales, and also to choose among these photographs who should be President. The study concludes…

Totally stolen from the Friendly Atheist.

Coleman’s New Strategy

The word on the street is that Colleman recount watchers have shifted strategy in order to increase an apparent lead over Al Franken. It seems that many of the Coleman people are challenging perfectly good Al Franken ballots in order to make the miniscule Coleman lead appear to grow, possibly allowing Coleman to have Yet…

A word of advice: TAKE THE TURKEY OUT OF THE FREEZER NOW! Here is a Thanksgiving Joke for you.

Personally, I think we should start with a dodo, and then work our way up the ethical ladder from there. … We know roughly how the sequence of life ran forward in time. What about running it backward? … Last week in Nature, scientists reported major progress in sequencing the genome of woolly mammoths. [see…

Minnesota Senate Recount Information

Another local blogger, Jeff Rosenberg, is following the recount and providing his own analysis. Here.

With 80.6 percent of the vote recounted, the known difference between Coleman and Franken has for the first time grown greater than the audited and adjusted original count differenct of 215. The difference is now, by my rekoning, a whopping 238. This, by Norm Coleman’s standards, is a virtual landslide!!! But that number is fairly…

Modeling Complex Adaptive Systems

Congo Rights Abuses

All sides in eastern DR Congo have committed serious human rights abuses, the UN secretary general has said. Ban Ki-moon said both government forces and rebels loyal to Gen Laurent Nkunda had carried out arbitrary executions, mass killings, rape and torture. The report covers July to November, when the most recent fighting flared. In a…

Michele Bachmann as The Antichrist

And a bonus (also from Heads Up)